I am seriously addicted to peanut butter (PB).
Luckily it’s pretty good for you, as long as you have the natural PB, not the heavily processed ones that have added sugar and all sorts of nasties (seriously, just have a look at the label of most PBs – it’s crazy!). The BEST PB is from the health food store, that you make yourself. Just feed those peanuts into the machine and out comes your fresh peanut butter, nothing but nuts!
In summer, I’m a serious smoothie lover for weekday breakfasts, but sometimes I just feel like something different. Particularly after teaching an early morning yoga class, I just want to come home and EAT, like, straightaway, no fussing around.
In the ‘Eat This Way’ recipe book, there is a soaked oats recipe that’s divine, and I wanted to build on this a little with very different flavours. My Peanut Butter Oats recipe is super easy to make, and it’s a night before job, so there’s no time needed in the morning – just grab it and eat. This is also perfect for a breakfast on the go.
The oats are high in protein and provide long lasting fuel, with beta glucan, which is cardioprotective, stabilises blood glucose levels and supports the immune system. Oats also provide a nice boost of minerals including manganese (anti-oxidant), phosphorous (bone health and energy supporting) and molybdenum (anti-carcinogenic) in high amounts. The chia seeds in this recipe provide protein and omega 3s and the peanut butter contains Vitamin B1, B3, folate, Vitamin E, magnesium, protein and healthy fats.
Soaking the oats breaks down the phytates which can bind the minerals and make them hard for the body to digest. Same with the chia seeds, soaking them allows the body to digest them easily.
Adding some fresh berries and cacao nibs for extra antioxidants just tops this breakfast off nicely!
Best of all – this tastes sooooo good!
Enjoy everyone x
- ⅓ - ½ cup rolled oats (NOT instant oats please!)
- 1 tblsp chia seeds (any colour)
- 1 tblsp natural peanut butter (maybe it's a cheeky heaped tblsp!)
- ½ tsp natural honey or maple syrup (optional)
- ¾ cup non-dairy milk (I've tried Oat, Rice and Organic Soy - it all works)
- Optional Add Ins:
- 1 tblsp LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seed and almond mix)
- Fresh berries or other fruit
- Nuts and seeds of your choice
- Cacao nibs
- Whatever really!
- Place the PB, chia seeds, honey/maple syrup and milk into the jar (or bowl) and mix them together to separate the PB and the chia seeds. Then add the oats and mix through. Cover and place in the fridge overnight (6 hours does the trick).
- Pop your add ins onto the oats the next morning, and enjoy x
Nutrition Info referenced from:
Osiecki, H. (2014). The nutrient bible. Eagle Farm, Qld: Bio Concepts Publishing.